Where does poetry live in your world?

BY Colleen Shalby  October 21, 2013 at 5:47 PM EDT

Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey visits the New York Memory Center, a community-based nonprofit designed to help people experiencing memory disorders.

How does poetry play a role in Americans’ lives?

That’s the question PBS NewsHour is exploring over the next year. U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and NewsHour arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown are traveling the country to see how the recitation and creation of poetry stimulates the mind and allows people to overcome obstacles.

The series launched in September with a trip to the New York Memory Center in Brooklyn, where poetry is being used as a tool to help improve and protect memory and help those coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Watch that visit below:

During the next segment — airing soon on the NewsHour — Trethewey and Brown will venture to Detroit to explore the role of poetry in schools.

We want to hear from you. Throughout this poetry road trip, we want to know where poetry lives in your world. Has poetry made an impact on you? Has it helped you mentally or emotionally? We’ll include your answers in an ongoing online feature. Here’s how you can share your story with us:

– Fill out this Public Insight Network form. – Tweet to @NewsHour using #poetrylives. – Record a 15-second video on Instagram with your answer. Tag @NewsHour and #poetrylives in your post. – Or, tell us in the comments below. Questions? Feel free to email cshalby@newshour.org.